Saturday April 29 marks the 100th day of Donald Trump’s presidency. The one-pager on Tax reform is only the latest example of how Trump is using the presidency to personally enrich himself and his family — from promoting the First Lady’s beauty products on her White House bio to Maralago being promoted on the State Department’s website. The tax reform goals will likely dramatically reduce the person tax burden on Trump and the Super Rich all the expense of the middle class and the poor — it’s a plan that would explode the deficit and turn the American government into Kansas on steroids.
Where are Congressional Republicans to call out this fraud? Where are you Dana Rohrabacher? Where are you Ed Royce? Where are you Mimi Walters? Where are you Darryl Issa? Never has there been a bigger collection of political cowards in Orange County. Shame on you all for not doing your jobs.
The New York Times spells it all out here:
The presidential sleaze involves everything from using public money to promote and enrich Trump properties to pay-to-play schemes that allow companies to buy influence at many levels. At its core is a nepotistic operation that puts family interests ahead of country.
Donald Trump’s presidency may look like a theater of incompetency: armada going in the wrong direction, forgetting what country he bombed but remembering what he had for dessert, major promises broken with a shrug.
But one thing Trump has accomplished in his first 100 days is ensuring that his family can use the vast reach of the federal government for private gain. By God, they seen their opportunities and they took ’em.
Because the Trump White House is a business with the shades closed — the visitor logs no longer available to the public, the tax returns a dark secret — we cannot know how extensively the Trump clan is making foreign policy to help its holdings. The family has extensive entanglements in China, the Philippines and Turkey, to name just a few “conflicts.”
It’s clear now that the reason Trump — in defiance of all ethical standards for the office — has refused to divest his business interests is that the levers of executive power directly help Trump Inc.